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Why Cotton Is The Most Popular Fabric Used Worldwide

Cotton material displayed in various colours for custom t-shirt printing.

Did you know that 50% of all fabric produced in the world is cotton? If you have ever wondered why cotton is so popular, here are some of the reasons why.

Cotton has been used for thousands of years to provide clothing for a multitude of purposes. Created by taking the flower of Cotton plants, the natural fibre is put through a machine to separate the usable lint from the seed. The end product is a strong material suitable for manufacturing clothes. Strong and versatile, there are several reasons why cotton is so popular for clothing fabric and why it is Entripy’s number one choice for custom clothing and custom printing.

Absorbency

Cotton is a breathable fabric that absorbs heat and perspiration from your body and allows it to pass through the fabric to the air outside. That means that 100% cotton custom t-shirts such as our customer favourite Fruit of the Loom and Gildan 5000 heavy cotton t-shirt will keep you cool and comfortable as you move throughout your day. Cotton can retain 24-27 times its weight in water. What’s more, 100% cotton is a soft fabric that doesn’t irritate the skin, and because it’s thicker than other fabrics, it feels luxurious.

Bright coloured 100% cotton custom t-shirts printed with custom design or logo.

Durability

One of the reasons custom apparel companies favour cotton for designing custom work shirts is that it’s a tough fabric. If you and your staff are working long hours in an intensive job like in a factory, professional kitchen or a host of manual roles, your custom clothing needs to be resistant to wear and tear.

100% cotton work shirts such as the Dickies Heavyweight Long Sleeve Shirt, for example are ideal for trades in need of custom apparel that stands up to wear and tear.

What’s more, the molecular structure of cotton means that instead of becoming weaker when wet, it actually gets stronger.

Wash and Wear

The molecular structure of cotton means that instead of becoming weaker when wet, it actually gets stronger. Unlike other fabrics like wool, this means cotton shirts can be washed time and time again without the fabric or shape being damaged. Unlike other fabrics like wool, this means our custom work clothes can be washed time and time again without the fabric or shape being damaged. Top manufacturers like the ones we use go to the effort of separating stronger mature cotton from the weaker immature cotton, meaning that your custom t-shirts, custom bottoms and custom sweatshirts are as strong as they come.

Because cotton can stand up to high temperatures, it can be ironed without losing its great look and feel.

Top apparel manufacturers separate stronger mature cotton from the weaker immature cotton, ensuring that your custom t-shirts, custom bottoms and custom sweatshirts are strong and long lasting.

Custom Printing

Cotton is a durable fabric and provides an excellent screen printing surface, making it the preferred fabric of many custom apparel decorators. Because cotton is a dense fabric, it absorbs ink better than other fabrics like polyester. This gives cotton custom t-shirts a higher quality print, ensuring the logo on your custom shirts looks clearer and sharper.

Bleeding (where the dye runs during the printing process) is less of an issue with cotton.

Environmentally Friendly

No large-scale fabric production is 100% environmentally friendly but cotton production comes pretty close. Cotton is a renewable source of material as the plant regrows and can be replanted. Organic cotton is becoming increasingly prevalent which means that pesticides and harmful chemicals are not used on the plants. Entripy has a variety of organic cotton t-shirts such as the AA6005 Basic Crew Neck t-shirt Entripy has a variety of organic cotton t-shirts such as the AA6005 Basic Crew Neck t-shirt.

Cotton plant that is used to make cotton custom t-shirts.

It’s little wonder why cotton is so popular. This strong, versatile and comfortable fabric is ideal for your custom t-shirts.